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Reluctant to give your email address?

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Sometimes when you’re browsing the Web, shopping or signing up for a freebie, you might be hesitant to give out your email for fear of being deluged with all the ads that follow. The solution: Get a free disposable email address from MailDrop. MailDrop is temporary. It’s transient. It’s disposable.

The throwaway email address re­­quires no signup, no password and you can create it with just one click. Type in whatever prefix you’d like to use, then add @maildrop.cc and click “Go.”

Your temporary inbox can hold up to 10 messages, and any inbox which does not receive a message within 24 hours will be automatically cleared.

Is it secure? No. Is it private? Not at all, it’s a public inbox. Anyone who uses your same prefix will have access to “your” mailbox. Use a unique prefix that no one else will guess. A good strategy is to include the name of the site or app in the address itself; that way you know immediately which sites are suspect with regards to your privacy.

“Don’t use MailDrop for anything that demands security or privacy,” says Rick Broida at PCWorld. “That may sound crazy, but, for simple things like Web registrations and confirmation emails, where you just need to retrieve the message and then be done with it, a service like MailDrop makes a ton of sense.”

MailDrop helps to keep your inbox from getting flooded with spam from that one time you registered on a site which got hacked. It is powered by some of the spam filters created by Heluna.

MailDrop is a great idea when ...

  • You want to sign up for a website but you’re concerned that they might share your address with advertisers.
  • You are required to provide anemail address to a mobile app that shouldn’t be sending you messages.
  • You are making a one-off purchase from an e-commerce site and you don’t want follow-up spam about the company’s latest deals in your inbox.
  • You publish your email address in a place where it could be picked up by address-harvesting spambots.
  • You give your address to companies that have a track record of less-than-stellar security.

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Rob February 22, 2014 at 9:31 am

Thats a nice idea to protect your privacy. Thanks for this article.



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